WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets led the NBA in man-power games lost due to injury last season by a wide margin.
They’ve been a bit more fortunate health-wise in 2012-13 -- but it sure felt a lot like 2011-12 on Friday night.
Gerald Wallace did not return after bruising his ribs midway through the first quarter, while Deron Williams suffered a right thigh contusion early in the third quarter. After a brief stint in the locker room, D-Will came back but was noticeably limping.
Despite being short-handed, Brooklyn won its season-high tying fifth straight game (third time), blowing out the Phoenix Suns, 99-79, at Barclays Center. The Nets (21-15) are now 14-0 against sub-.500 teams (at time of game played) and 7-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
Joe Johnson, who was a game-time decision due to illness, led five players in double digits with 19 points (eight in the fourth) in 35 minutes.
In what was his fifth straight solid performance, D-Will added 15 points, seven assists and three rebounds. He shot 3-for-5 from the field, 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.
Brooklyn outscored Phoenix 53-26 in the second half. The Nets have won their last three games by 20 points each.
THIRD IS THE GOOD WORD: The Nets outscored the Suns 28-13 in the third quarter. On Tuesday night, they outscored the Sixers 35-14 in the third. What is going on? They pulled away with a 22-3 run spanning the end of the third and the start of the fourth.
GLASS MAN: Coming off his career-high 23-rebound night on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, Evans grabbed 15 boards in this one, while adding seven points.
HALF BAD: The Nets were outshot 53.7 percent to 41.9 percent and trailed by as many as 11 in the first half. Lopez went 1-for-8.
WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Young Jeezy and Tyra Banks
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Pacers on Sunday night at 6 p.m.